06/05/2017 - TMS and MRS Announce 2017-2018 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

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Kelly Zappas
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June 5, 2017 – Pittsburgh, PA (USA) – The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) and the Materials Research Society (MRS) have selected Scott Litzelman, currently at Booz Allen Hamilton, as the 2017-2018 TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Litzelman will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee.

Litzelman will begin his fellowship in early September in Washington, D.C., starting with an intensive science policy orientation facilitated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) designed to introduce Executive Branch Fellows and Congressional Fellows from more than three dozen scientific societies to the fellowship program. Following orientation, the new Fellow will go through an interview and selection process with offices of senators, representatives, or committees on Capitol Hill. Offices will extend offers, and Litzelman will choose the office in which he will spend his fellowship year.

“I am honored and excited to receive the TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship,” said Litzelman. “The intersection of science and policy is something that has always fascinated me. This Fellowship will allow me to delve further into the workings of Congress and better understand how we, as scientists, can more effectively help our leaders meet the challenges that lie ahead. This is an invaluable opportunity to expand my career in new and exciting directions, and for that I am extremely grateful.”

The purpose of the Congressional Fellowships program is to bring technical and scientific backgrounds and external perspectives to the decision-making process in Congress. Typically, Fellows conduct legislative or oversight work, assist in Congressional hearings and debates, prepare briefs, and write speeches as a part of their daily responsibilities. By applying his scientific expertise in this policy environment, Litzelman will help to broaden awareness of the value of scientist- and engineer-government interaction.

Each year, following a formal application process, finalists are interviewed and a Fellow is selected by committees comprised of volunteer members from TMS and MRS. For more information on this award, visit the fellowship website.

About Scott Litzelman
Litzelman earned two degrees in materials science and engineering: a B.S. from North Carolina State University in 2002 and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. His doctoral research focused on modulating the ionic and electronic conductivity of nanostructured thin films for solid oxide fuel cells with Harry Tuller. During his doctoral research, Litzelman received the Charlemagne Scholarship to perform secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) research for several months at the RTWH Aachen University in Germany.

After completion of his Ph.D., Litzelman joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a scientific consultant. For the past eight years, he has helped program directors at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) implement and manage early-stage R&D funding programs. He supported research programs related to fuel cells, carbon capture and storage, battery separators, energy efficiency, and nanostructured materials. During his time at Booz Allen, Litzelman also explored how open innovation and crowdsourcing methods could provide new means of solving persistent technical challenges.

Litzelman saw the impact of policy on science firsthand when ARPA-E was authorized by the America COMPETES Act of 2007 and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Although the research programs he supported focused on technology, they exposed him to the importance and impact of policy on scientific funding. He became interested in questions such as how an increasing amount of renewable generation capacity could be integrated with the electrical grid, and how the United States could decarbonize its energy system as quickly and economically as possible.

Photo of Litzelman available upon request. Contact Kelly Zappas, TMS Communications Specialist.

Learn more about the Congressional Fellowship program in the Outreach section of the TMS website.

About The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a member-driven international professional society dedicated to fostering the exchange of learning and ideas across the entire range of materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production, to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Included among its 13,000 professional and student members are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators, and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents. For more information on TMS, visit www.tms.org.

About the Materials Research Society
MRS is an international organization of almost 14,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life. MRS Members are engaged and enthusiastic professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans over 90 countries, with more than 46 percent of members residing outside the United States. In addition to its communications and publications portfolio, MRS organizes high-quality scientific meetings, attracting over 12,000 attendees annually and facilitating interactions among a wide range of experts from the cutting edge of the global materials community. MRS is also a recognized leader in education outreach and advocacy for scientific research. More information about the Materials Research Society can be found on its website, www.mrs.org.